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We adopt practices and measures to promote the sustainable production of commodities such as palm oil, soy, wood and wood derivatives, and beef.
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Zero net deforestation

The global demand for agricultural commodities is one of the main causes of pressure on our forests.

As deforestation is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions, it is our objective to progressively ensure that the agricultural commodities that go into our Private Brand products have a sustainable origin.

Within the context of the Consumer Goods Forum, we are committed to contributing towards reducing the deforestation rate and the corresponding loss of biodiversity.

To achieve that, we have put the following measures into practice:

  • Since 2014, we have been mapping out the presence of these ingredients in our products and questioning our suppliers about the traceability of these commodities and their respective certification and answering CDP Forests, making our answers available to the public.
  • We are an official member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a non-profit organisation that develops and implements international sustainable palm oil production standards.
  • In 2017, we took the first steps in joining the Soy Buyers Coalition, a project led by The Consumer Goods Forum to devise projects that contribute towards curbing deforestation in the main soy production regions of Brazil.

Score obtained in the Carbon Disclosure Project 2017

“A-”
for palm oil AND PAPER & WOOD
“B”
FOR SOY AND BEEF

In 2017, which closed the 2015 – 2017 three-year period for meeting the Corporate Responsibility goals, we obtained the following results1:

Palm oil

  • We made a 38% reduction in its consumption in the Private Brand products and Perishables over the last three years, compared to 2014, with a consumption of 22,956 tonnes in 2017, of which 26% is RSPO certified. This reduction is basically the result of replacing it with cooking oils with a better nutritional profile;

Soy

  • In 2017, the Group’s Private Brand products and Perishables had the direct presence of 13,649 tonnes of soy, of which 8,215 tonnes comes from countries at risk of deforestation2. The soy indirectly present in these products (e.g. that used in animal feed) was calculated to be 283,667 tonnes;
  • Sustainable certification – such as RTRS and ProTerra for example – accounts for less than 1% of the direct soy and for around 3% of the indirect soy, as is the case of that used for animal feed. In the entire global market, only 3% of the existing soy is certified

Paper & Wood

  • The Private Brand products consumed 108,439 tonnes of paper and wood, excluding packaging, which is an increase of 8% compared to 2014. Of that figure, 9,417 tonnes come from countries at risk of deforestation, which is a reduction of 41% compared to 2014. On the other hand, the paper and cardboard contained in the packaging materials were responsible for the consumption of 94,460 tonnes;
  • Of all the paper and wood used in the Private Brand products, 7% has sustainable certification, which applies to 66% of the products with paper and wood packaging.

Beef

  • The beef present in Private Brand products and Perishables was calculated to be 42,849 tonnes, representing an increase of 37% compared to 2014, linked to the Group’s increased operations. Of that figure, 938 tonnes come from countries at risk of deforestation2, compared to the 2.83 tonnes reported in 2014. This evolution is mostly due to sourcing beef from countries such as Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. Around 2% of all the beef used in these products comes from these countries.

1 These figures, as well as our fulfilment of the goals, were verified by an independent, external entity. The document concerning the certification process may be found here.

The countries at risk of deforestation are defined in accordance with the Consumer Goods Forum’s guidelines, for soy and paper & wood. The Group considers the same origins for beef as it does for soy.

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